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Thank goodness for the weekends. I don’t know if I would have made it through the week without the thought of two days of rest to buoy my spirits and keep me going. Two weeks down, four weeks to go of this hellish schedule of mine. I now question the sanity of any public accountant who works these hours for four months out of the year every year. I definitely couldn’t do it!

Jim has been an angel picking up the slack, getting Holly to dance on time, and keeping the kids fed and on task. Granted, it isn’t anything less than what he should be doing, but he’s done so with no complaints. The kids are upset that I am gone so much these days, but they have been supportive and helpful – doing what I ask them to do and providing me with lots of hugs and cuddles (yes, even at their ages) to keep up my spirits. I do love my family and how much we all come together to support one another when necessary.

The trick to working such crazy hours, I’ve found, is audiobooks. I had stopped listening to them for a while because I was being asked a lot of questions and as such was interrupted almost constantly. Being interrupted is fine but it does make for a rather jagged audio listening experience. However, just when I didn’t know if I could take much more without blowing up or going mad, I turned on my audiobook with the intention of drowning out the world for a bit. What happened was a miracle. I calmed down, refocused on the task at hand, and went about my work. The day/evening passed quickly and productively. To test my theory, I listened to my book on my morning commute the next day. I entered the office much happier and calmer and more mentally prepared than I have been in a long time. I used to listen to audiobooks all the time at work but fell out of the habit when we started losing everyone. I think this past week showed me that it is a habit I definitely need to start again for my sake and for the sake of those around me.

The kids are quiet this weekend, as finals week is upon them. Connor has his work cut out for him, as this is his last opportunity to get his semester grades up to where they should be for someone with his intellect and abilities. Holly is not old enough to feel the stress yet, but she knows that next week is a big deal for Connor. This also means the school year is half-over. Wow. I hate the fact that time passes so quickly these days. My baby boy will be gone and off to college before I know it!

Holly nailed her audition, like I knew she would. This year’s ballet is The Sound of Music, which you might think an odd choice since there are not that many parts, especially for the classes. However, Holly came home Monday night with the exciting news that she is one of the puppets. It isn’t a starring role, but I can’t help but think it will be one of the more entertaining roles in the production. She also announced that her ballet teacher is placing her into a second ballet class; it seems her teacher thinks she is ready to move into the pre-pointe class.  To say that she is excited is an understatement. Jim and I are so proud of her (even as we wonder just how we are going to fit in one more dance class plus rehearsals for the ballet). Expect to hear more as the recitals draw closer!

On the website this week, I shared my books that I read, am reading, and am going to read. I also posted the review of my first 2015 book, The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick; it was an incredible book with which to start the year. Other reviews included Jennifer Robson’s After the War is Over and the lovely and heartbreaking All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. These were all highly enjoyable for different reasons; I do so love starting the year with great books!

Well, enough playing. Time to get back to work. There is football to watch this afternoon after all. Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week!

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